The United States is the world’s fourth largest country, with an area of 3,679,192 square miles (9,529,107 square kilometers). It includes fifty states and one federal district, where the capital, Washington, D.C., is located. Its forty-eight contiguous states are situated in the middle of North America. The mainland United States borders Canada to the north and Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Straits of Florida to the south. The western border meets the Pacific Ocean, and to the east lies the Atlantic Ocean.

Alaska and Hawaii are not joined to the other forty-eight states. Alaska is at the extreme north of North America, between the Pacific and Arctic oceans, and is bordered by Canada to the east. The island chain of Hawaii is situated in the east-central Pacific Ocean, about two thousand miles southwest of San Francisco.


English is the most commonly spoken language, even though it is not the “official” language. The US also has the fifth largest number of Spanish speaking citizens in the world.

Common Religions:

Christianity: Catholicism is the largest single denomination, but Protestants of many different sects (Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and others) outnumber Catholics. Judaism is the largest non-Christian faith, followed by Islam.

Problems for people here:

How PIME helps the mission here:

PIME helps others around the world, through the generosity of our friends, through the US Mission Center. Mission Development projects ensure that the goals of each mission are met, evolving programs based off of the needs of the mission. The Sponsorships at a Distance program helps disadvantaged students, in missions around the world, to obtain a fair education from birth to adulthood, also advancing the causes of disabled people through educational programs. PIME also shares mission awareness across the US through Mission World magazine, and countrywide mission appeals and other speaking engagements.